One Sentence: A movie about a book that feels like it is a book on screen.
Release Date: 07-Sep-2012
This is a multi-layered story that crosses from reality into fiction across different time periods. It feels exactly like what a book would read like, and it is about a book, called The Words. It all sounds very confusing, and I think that everyone involved in the movie is confused on what to call this movie, and how to sell it. I didn’t know what it would be about after seeing previews for it, and I am having a hard time explaining it now. I will say that despite all of that, I liked it quite a bit.
When you are talking about this type of movie, we are not dealing with CG, or explosions, we only have the story, and the story here feels well fleshed out and mostly worth telling. I think the portions of the movie that are in the “real” world, felt a little lacking, but it is a very small part of the story. I think it weaves a story between these three different periods very well for the most part and it held my attention and delivered a great story. I think the end felt a little unsatisfying which is where I think most of the dislike for this movie is coming from.
The Words is an odd one. I think I could see a lot of people not liking this movie. It is a hard reccomendation. It really comes down to the ending and if you can be ok with a so-so ending. That might damage an otherwise solid movie. If you are ok with that, then I think this is a renter for sure. I am not seeing a lot of people rushing out to the theater to see this one. I don’t think you need to. But the cast is great and the movie is worth the hour and a half.